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FredG

Darlingtonia House April 2014

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For some time now I have been struggling for room in my greenhouses so I took stock of the space I could make available and decided to purchase a small 6ft x 4ft ( 1.8m x 1.2m) polycarbonate greenhouse. This is intended to house my Darlingtonia and the odd Bryophyte and /or Orchid.
One tree had to be felled and my reacquaintance with laying paving slabs and brickwork was required.
The result is quite good, the structure being reassuringly solid.
Ventilation is via the standard roof vent plus I replaced the bottom polycarbonate sheet in the door with wire mesh ( half the door).
For a small greenhouse the staged growing area is quite good. I made staging to cover 20sq ft giving myself an adequate 2ft x 2ft area to stand in. I can stand on both feet at the same time at last. :laugh2:

Here's how the plants look at present.

 

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I'm looking forward to flowering, some are visible in the photos and many more are to follow.

 

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Looks very impressive Fred. I'm interested to see you can grow the plants in half seed trays. I'm guessing you water just by flooding, am I correct? And, are they in pure sphagnum or a perlite/sphagnum mix? The Othello is looking nice BTW.

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Mediun is pure Sphagnum and Sphagnum / perlite mix. It depends how much Sphagnum I have at the time of traying up. The plants don't seem to mind either way.

 

Trays are flooded when the water level drops to about half way.

 

The half trays are working a treat, far better than pots.

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Very nice Fred, very impressive!

It's quite a marvelous sight seeing Darlingtonia thriving like that :)

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Just wondering would Dalingtonia be more fussy in water with a tds of 130 than Sarracenia and Dionaea are? Maybe that's why mine never flowers properly.

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Guest paul y

that is impressive, cheers fred you have inspired me to try and grow these in moss now, purely because those are some of the best looking darlings I have seen,

any particular tips??

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Thank you all for the compliments.

 

Paul. just try it, the plants will tell you if it's the right way.

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My wife loves Darlingtonia, and is very envious of your cracking collection. Very nice indeed :)

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A quick update on flowering, it's going quite well. Not exactly a bumper year but it looks ok to me.

 

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May 15th and the flowers are at about full height

 

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Pitcher production is well underway  :thumbsup:

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hi fred,do you think it is ok to try and divide darlingtonia now or should i of done it before growth started

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Corky

 

I separate the youngsters at any time of the year. I just ensure they are well rooted.

 

I then play Mozart to them for 7 days afterwards so they don't get stressed. :whistle3:

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I suppose it's mainly a few Phil with the ones in flower, I am expanding though.

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Fantastic sight, you have inspired me to get mine out from under the bench and give them pride of place

Thanks for the pics

Trish

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